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Thread: Book to help Newbies!!

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    Junior Member bettyjo's Avatar
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    At the fabric store I bought a booklet on new quilters and Machine Quilting. This was not for owners of long arms, but for newbies to with normal sewing machine. It explained many things that we take for granted that "we" know. The magizine size booklet helped so much!!

    Hints and Help like "In the Ditch" quilting.. I did not know the quilting should be on side opposite where 1/4 seem is pressed.. as they say in book... on the low side..
    all you newbies look for a book on basics.

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    Though I'm not just a beginner, I bought a book called "Quilter's Academy Vol. 1--Freshman Year" by Harriet Hargrave, and it's very good. It takes you step-by-step in the hows and whys, has practice projects to build skills, and even has a section on designing your own quilts. Since I'd love to get in to teaching beginners, this will be a great resource.

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    Oh that sounds good.. I will look for it

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    I'm taking a class from Harriet Hargraves in January and was looking for the book listed in her class supply list. I searched "Harriet Hargraves" at Amazon.com and both the book I needed and this book came up.

    She also has her own website, and the book is listed there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    Though I'm not just a beginner, I bought a book called "Quilter's Academy Vol. 1--Freshman Year" by Harriet Hargrave, and it's very good. It takes you step-by-step in the hows and whys, has practice projects to build skills, and even has a section on designing your own quilts. Since I'd love to get in to teaching beginners, this will be a great resource.
    I posted not too long ago asking if anyone had this book yet, but no one responded then, evidently no one else had it at the time. I'm glad to hear it's good. I'm hoping our library gets it, but if not I may buy it. Harriet's other books are good, so I figured this one would be, too. She and her daughter are going to publish additional books in the Quilter's Academy series.

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    bettyjo, somewhere in your message, I did not pick up on the title of the book for newbies, can I get you to repeat it again please?

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    Yes please, the name of the book :D:D:D

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    "Quilter's Academy Vol. 1--Freshman Year" by Harriet Hargrave,

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    Thanks, bluphrog, somehow I missed her saying that in her message, but I do recall you saying it in yours and I wasn't quite sure it was one in the same reference. I realize that I am out of my league hanging out with you quilters, but what other way to learn than to being with the people that know.

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    Thank You!!! :D:D:D

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    That is just my way of stating the truth

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    I think bettyjo was talking about a different book, not Harriet Hargrave's new book.

    bettyjo, am I correct? If so, do you know the name of the book you saw?

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    Another excellent book for machine quilting on a domestic machine is

    MACHINE QUILTING BY DIANE GAUDINSKY. Or HEIRLOOM QUILTING by Harriet.

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    I've also read and really like Diane Gaudynski's and Harriet Hargraves' books.

    Diane Gaudynski has another book that is four years newer called "Quilt Savvy: Gaudynski's Machine Quilting Guidebook" (I think it's "guidebook;" I can't read my writing :roll: ). It's not as comprehensive as her first book, but she includes some new stitches and I believe she also mentions that she switched from quilting with invisible thread to silk thread in this book. Her Quilt Savvy book is also spiral bound and a smaller size so it's easy to lay right beside your machine. Incidentally, Diane also has lots of tips and advice for machine quilting on her web site and blog.

    Another book I like is "Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques" by Sue Nickels. Sue's book is a little simpler, yet very thorough. I've had this book out from the library several times.

    A book that might be of interest for everyone, not just newbies, is "Quilting Makes the Quilt" by Lee Cleland. This book doesn't teach you how to machine quilt, but it shows how different quilting patterns affect the same quilt. Lee made five each of 12 different quilts, then quilted them all differently. She included lots of pictures in her book to show how different quilting techniques can greatly change the look of a quilt. Her quilting ranges from simple grids and diagonals to complex patterns and most of the quilting is done by machine. The book is a little dated, but not overly so, and really quite fascinating.

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    Thank you, Sandy for the wealth of knowledge. I love books just as much as I do pieceing. This will add to my library, and to my knowledge of quilting. I also see that not only are you a quilter but, a student of the art.

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    My favorite basic quilting book is "The Directory of Quilting Techniques" by Caroline Rodriques. It's great for beginners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    Though I'm not just a beginner, I bought a book called "Quilter's Academy Vol. 1--Freshman Year" by Harriet Hargrave, and it's very good. It takes you step-by-step in the hows and whys, has practice projects to build skills, and even has a section on designing your own quilts. Since I'd love to get in to teaching beginners, this will be a great resource.
    Bluphrog you can come out of hiding and teach me anytime.
    I try freemotion on my machine here and there but I'm not so good at it. I will be looking for some of these books that have been mentioned. Thanks

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    Thanks, Bella, your info will help build that library, too.

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